I went to the Design Junction today trying to explore more up to date techniques and ideas, there were so many boothes that I can spend the whole day on them. It definitely did not dissapoint me and was much better than my expectation. Everyone went in with a excited face and leave with a smile and so as me. I really like the way they have arranged for each floor, for example the first floor for lights and the second floor for furniture. The products were so multi-styled that I think everyone can find their 'cup of tea'. I was attracted by a big light bulb that you can choose your own wire and I think this is a very good way to sell their product as customers will feel more involved. There were so many times of me thinking 'omg I wanna bring that homeeee', one of the product from my 'wanna get list' is a chair that is printed on a canvas but you can actually sit on it. It has a very interesting visual conflict and effect when seeing people are able to sit on a 2D chair. There was also a room filled with many white balloons and chairs, the balloons look like clouds to me and the chairs are like floating. It also reminded me of the balloon room in Martin Creed. This is definitely a nice day out seeing a lot of new designers and companies' products and they were all very inspirational for the Light Up project.
We went to the British Museum today for 3 hours and have to finish 9 sketches about Form, Light and Movement within the time. The sunlight came through from the Great Court designed by Foster and Partners and I just could not resist to draw it. I sat down at the cafe with a excellent angle of Great Court, finding it hard to sketch the structure of Great Court and I do not like my drawings of it because I tried not to add any shades on them with makes me feel very uncomfortable. 3 hours seem a lot but when I started drawing, I found the time very tight as I have spent to much time on the detail of the shadow. I did not want to make my sketches to rush but I have not enough time at the same time. I was a bit confused for the word 'movement' and wasn't sure what should I draw about. At last I went beside a stair start looking at the moving legs of people walking up and down. Speaking of the experience today in British Museum, except having a deeper understanding on light and shadows, I also enjoyed having people coming around me to look at what I was drawing and encourage me.
Although I enjoyed the time spent in British Museum yesterday, I do not think I have much inspired by it. Creating ideas for this project was not easy and I think I have always get restricted by the word 'light'. I tried to think of idea that itself is not a light but requires light to create certain effect. For example, a certain that has different density so you can control the amount of light shinning through. To help myself to make a decision, I have made a few models out. The first one starts with simple shape, a dice like cover that you can put on a light bulb. Aluminium foil was used to create a reflective surface for the second model. Someone said about firework in class and I think fireworks are beautiful but their 'life' is very short and I want to make a firework that last for a long time or even forever. The neon light in Design Junction flashed in and I think I can make a firework out of neon light. Three models have been made but I didn't feel like using them as my final design hence I have thought of a new idea of a melting ice cube light.
Melting ice cube light is my new idea, I don't know where does that come from but I quite like it because the shape of an ice cube is simple but with the embellishment of melting look I believe the outcome will be exciting. It is not a functional light but a decorative light. Other than cutting the shape of melting ice, glue gun and PVA glue were used to build up dripping effect. I prefer the effect of glue gun as I found it easier to control the shape of the drip where PVA glue is very runny which it kept running down. I would not say I love the model because the finish is quite rough but I think it showed what I hope to show.